PNS Daily Newscast - July 2, 2020 

The White House says no response is planned to reported Russian bounties on U.S. troops; House Democrats unveil an ambitious plan to curb climate change.

2020Talks - July 2, 2020 

Richmond, Virginia joins other states removing its Confederate monuments, despite ardent resistance from the president. Plus, Senate Republicans removed a provision in the Pentagon spending bill requiring campaigns to report foreign help.

Public News Service - MN: Criminal Justice

PHOTO: With the crisis over sexual assaults in the military growing as more details emerge, a Minnesota lawmaker is calling for an extensive investigation by the U.S. House.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With the crisis over sexual assaults in the military growing as more details emerge by the week, a Minnesota congresswoman is calling for an extensive investigation by the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., has introduced legislation to establish a "Speci

PHOTO: Peggy Hiestand-Harri and Rep. Joe Atkins at introduction of the bill to cut down on fraudulent wire transfers of money. Harri's mother was scammed out of $47,000. CREDIT: AARP MN

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As Minnesota lawmakers wrap up their 2013 session, one of the new statutes that has emerged aims to prevent seniors and others from being scammed through wire transfers of money. According to DFL Rep. Joe Atkins, for one thing, money transfers to locations other than the original

PHOTO: It made it through committee, but a bill to require background checks by unlicensed dealers at gun shows in Minnesota has still not been scheduled for a vote on the House floor. CREDIT: M. Glasgow

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With advocates for gun safety pushing for a vote in the Minnesota House, a statewide outdoors and conservation group is the latest to come out in favor of universal background checks. The Minnesota Division of the Izaak Walton League approved the resolution at its state convention

PHOTO: The Minnesota Department of Health says 55 percent of adults in the state experienced at least one adverse experience as a child that can lead to health and economic problems as an adult. CREDIT: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Negative experiences as a child can have life-long effects on one's well-being, and the Minnesota Department of Health reports that such events are more common than one might expect. According to Department Commissioner Ed Ehlinger, a survey of more than 13,000 Minnesota adults f

PHOTO:  CREDIT: Daquella Manera

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Teens in juvenile detention settings in Minnesota are among the most at-risk for pregnancy or a sexually-transmitted disease, but new efforts are making a difference. According to David Kurtzon, program manager at Teenwise Minnesota, one such program that's having a positive impact

PHOTO: Some 85-billion dollars in automatic spending cuts across the country will begin to take effect tomorrow if there is no deal in Washington D.C. to avoid sequestration. Photo credit: Tax Credits

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Without a last minute miracle out of Washington, D.C., $85 billion in automatic spending cuts across the country will begin to take effect tomorrow as mandated under sequestration. The reductions will be rolled out over the next seven months. The impact will hit hard locally, said

PHOTO: President Obama will make a stop in Minneapolis this afternoon to talk to local leaders and law enforcement about ways to reduce gun violence.

MINNEAPOLIS - The issue of firearms safety takes center stage in Minnesota today as President Obama visits to discuss his ideas to reduce violence involving guns. The President is scheduled to meet this afternoon with local leaders and law enforcement officials in Minneapolis, the scene of the dea

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Responding to cases of child abuse and neglect costs the nation more than $80 billion a year, according to the latest survey from Prevent Child Abuse America. That figure includes a number of "direct costs," according to Becky Dale, senior director of prevention initiatives for Pr

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